When things no longer make sense

Back in the beginning of the 80’s, someone pegged me as a ‘utopian anarchist.’ (I was holding office for the Dutch Social Democrats, and the remark was intended to point out that my beliefs were a bit too far off in left field.) There was a lot of truth to…

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Things fall apart

My first thought, at hearing of the 18th school shooting in the United States since the beginning of 2018 was to sigh, Oh no, not again! But an eloquent and powerful piece of spoken poetry by IN-Q brought me to tears and past the political skirmishes, desperate to understand what…

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Me too

For some of us (the women of my generation), the recent revelations about Harvey Weinstein uncovered a cesspool we had been hoping to forget. It wasn’t just the truth about liberal Hollywood, though that truth did not surprise me. It was the bitter truth of those of us who had…

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Cynical

This could be seen as the sequel to my previous post (The Loss of Innocence). However, be forewarned that it shows a more cynical, less understanding side of my nature. There are aspects of human behavior that I cannot – or will not – understand or condone. I’ve always seen…

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Radicalism

The state of the world – plunged even more into chaos than ever – distresses and upsets me. It’s difficult to keep my bearings and I find myself frequently longing to tune out. But I’ve learned to ride the waves of chaos, letting go the need to control where it…

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Breathe

Let’s face it; the past five-six months haven’t been easy for most of us. As we struggle to reconcile our beliefs about the world with what we see emerging around us, tension and depression aren’t far off. I occasionally find myself in utter confusion, longing for a time when the…

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In defense of critical judgement

I try not to be judgmental. I really do. I’m all too aware that the irritation some people cause in me is a reflection of – and a refusal to see – my own shortcomings. In some spiritual movements, the Mayan expression, In Lak’ech, which vaguely translates to I am…

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Saving the world

There was a time that I was convinced that my life would only have meaning if I could help bring about world peace, the end of pollution, and justice and equality for all. As a child of the 60’s, it was only logical that this had to happen in my…

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